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Peter Morrison, Program Officer, Office of Naval Research, Navy

Naval warfighters have new technology now to help it face a growing body of new threats. Peter Morrison and his team built the laser weapons system. It's faster to install and safer and cheaper to use than other missiles. The Navy says each laser costs less than a dollar a shot. Morrison, a program officer for the Navy Department's Office of Naval Research, is a finalist for a Service to America medal in the national security and international affairs category. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the laser is different than other weapons systems.

Tags: Peter Morrison , Sammies 2015 , Service to America Medals , DoD , technology , In Depth

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:30pm EDT
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Mabus: Navy needs flexibility to keep technological edge

Cyber is the future of warfare, the Secretary of the Navy said in a new talk. And looking ahead he forecasts unmanned vehicles and submarines could be particularly helpful to his agency, especially as it uncovers underground mines.

Tags: Ray Mabus , cyber , Warfare , technology , submarines , drones

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 02:00pm EDT

Nora Bensahel, School of International Service, American University

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has nominated senior officers to lead the Army and Navy. He recommends Adm. John Richardson to be the next chief of Naval operations, and Gen. Mark Milley to be the Army's next chief of staff. Both now face Senate confirmation. What sorts of challenges will they face atop these military branches? Nora Bensahel, a distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

Tags: Nora Bensahel , American University , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , DoD , Ashton Carter , Army , John Richardson , Mark Milley

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 08:54am EDT
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Navy: A glutton for RFP punishment

The Department of the Navy plans to release the first of two requests for information this summer for the follow-on to NGEN, which could be worth $3.5 billion over five years.

Tags: Acquisition , Marine Corps , Industry , AFCEA , NGEN , contracting , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:29am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Navy Department isn't making as much progress on data center consolidation and moving to the cloud as the brass want it to. So it's moving both initiatives, consolidation and cloud under a new owner, and training some big guns on those who are standing in the way. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how the Navy wants to kick-start its data center and cloud efforts.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , cloud , Data center consolidation

Friday - 05/15/2015, 10:57am EDT
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Slow progress forces Navy to change strategies for cloud, data centers

The Department of Navy later this summer will move the Data Center and Application Optimization program office under its PEO-EIS group and out of its SPAWAR organization. Acting CIO John Zangardi said the DCAO will create a cloud brokerage hosting program with commercial and federally-approved clouds.

Tags: technology , Cloud computing , Data center consolidation , Marine Corps , Kevin Nally , Ted Branch , John Zangardi , Thomas Hicks , Mobile devices , Bring-your-own-device , AFCEA , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:39am EDT
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Navy pushes major shakeup to military personnel system

Navy proposes several changes to modernize its personnel system, many of which will require help from Congress.

Tags: DoD , Marine Corps , Personnel , Ray Mabus , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:21am EDT
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DoD ready for first 'skunk works' streamlined acquisition project

Over the past two years, the Pentagon has been looking to prove that some of its acquisition programs don't need to go through every single step of the department's slow and byzantine process. DoD finally has identified its first test case, and is looking for more.

Tags: DoD , Acquisition , Better Buying Power , Alan Shaffer , Skunk works , Industry , Potomac Institute , Jared Serbu

Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:11am EDT
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